Tech preview: AMD Ryzen 3000 - 7nm ZEN2

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DDR4 Memory Support

DDR4 Memory Support

AMD’s DDR4 support is good these days, and with Ryzen 3000 it's expected to become great - pretty much all brands are supported however with an increase in frequency support as well as a drop in latency. Obviously, always check with your mainboard manufacturer if the DDR4 modules are supported, they often offer a QVL list.


For Ryzen 3000 the memory is set up in a dual-channel configuration. All processors support standard DDR4 memory with clock speeds of 3200MT/s (JEDEC), but that will not hold back the motherboard manufacturers as we’ve seen announcements with support up-to 5100 MHz (OC). Memory latency has been further reduced by 33ns, and that can drive up game performance by up-to 20%


A soldered headspreader

I cannot believe I am actually spending a chapter on this but yes. AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors will feature a soldered integrated heat spreader (IHS). This comes as no surprise as the previous AMD Ryzen processors also featured a soldered IHS. A soldered IHS for the heat dissipation of the processor overall is better than using paste. Intel only uses soldered IHS for overclockable -K processors. The benefits of a soldered on IHS are much lower overall temperatures. AMD’s latest offering of “Matisse” processors, or Ryzen 3000 series, are expected to run pretty cool overall thanks to this and the fact that it is built on AMD’s new 7nm process (Zen 2). Ryzen 3000 will have a dual-chip module for the higher-end series, and a single internal core for mid to lower end. Additionally, there is a single 14nm controller die for that functions as I/O interface for what is called its chiplet design.

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